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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Facebook and WhatsApp: Think twice before relaying:
Faced with a deluge of fake news on social networks about the coronavirus, the authorities decide to act. Some time ago, Aujourd'hui Le Maroc (ALM January 23, 2018) announced that the Government was working on a draft law against "fake news." Today, it has been done. Except that it is the Ministry of Justice and not the Ministry of Communication that has taken charge of the presentation of the project. It is a question of filling a legal void by putting in place an adequate regulatory framework to combat the phenomenon of fake news, particularly on social networks, with more appropriate sanctions...

Fight against the coronavirus: The Moroccan experience impresses internationally:
Morocco's unique experience in the fight against coronavirus is one of the best in the world. The observation is not made in Morocco but it is increasingly drawn up by informed observers from abroad. The figures are indeed edifying. The kingdom ranks among the top four countries in the countries that have mobilized the most resources in relation to GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Thus, Morocco is ranked fourth with 2.7% of GDP just behind Sweden, Chile and New Zealand. This important performance says a lot about the degree of involvement in stopping the spread of the pandemic...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The two Houses of Parliament adopt in committee the draft decree-law on provisions relating to a state of health emergency:
The decree-law establishing the measures and modalities for the proclamation of a state of health emergency, drawn up by the Government, has had the necessary approval by the relevant committees in Parliament. The text was unanimously adopted, on Monday, by the members of the Committee on the Interior, Local Authorities, Housing and Urban Policy in the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors...

The Special Fund for the Management of the Pandemic Collects More than MAD 23.5 Billion:
The Special Fund dedicated to the management of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19), set up on the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, has reached more than MAD 23.5 billion, according to a MAP count. On the instructions of the Sovereign, the Hassan II Fund has contributed up to MAD 1 billion to this fund which will make it possible to mobilize significant additional financial resources in the form of grants. The OCP Group, for its part, indicated that it contributed MAD 3 billion to this Fund, while on the proposal of its main shareholder, the Board of Directors of Al Mada decided to grant a financial contribution in the form of a grant of MAD 2 billion...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Anti-Covid 19 measures. What Moroccans think about it:
Good initiative as that of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis (MIPA). It conducted an opinion poll among 2,470 Moroccans to find out what they think of the Government's measures to contain Covid-19. This is an essential exercise to better understand the impact of the measures taken and to rectify the situation if necessary...

Self-employed workers. A rescue plan in preparation:
The State is trying to stem the crisis currently affecting the entire fabric of the self-employed, all categories combined. With the exception of small businesses, which so far seem to be beyond the reach of the devastating effect of the Covid-19, it is the trades targeted by the RSU shipyard that are in the line of sight...


LIBERATION
Containment from all angles: What psychological and behavioural impact?:
A state of health emergency has been declared in Morocco for the period from March 20 to April 20, 2020. From now on, Moroccans are forbidden to leave their homes, to move outside their place of residence except in case of absolute necessity, to gather, assemble or bring together a group of people. This is a first in the contemporary history of our country. What psychological impacts will it have on Moroccans?...

On Royal Instructions: Military medicine takes part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic:
His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Supreme Leader and Chief of General Staff of the FAR, gives his High Instructions for military medicine to take part jointly with its civilian counterpart in the delicate mission of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic...